In the round-up: Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri says the scale of Alpine’s testing programme for him during the 2022 Formula 1 season shows their commitment to him.
“Quite a lot of days” testing for Piastri
Having missed out on an F1 drive for 2022, Piastri says he’s “not sure it would have been the right move” as he wanted to stay loyal to Alpine. He will be the team’s reserve driver this year.
“I’ll be pretty busy despite not doing that much driving we are putting together a big testing programme,” he told Auto Action.
“In the last couple of years, there hasn’t been that many young reserve drivers, certainly not many young reserve drivers that are that are the sole driver in that role, so I think that speaks volumes about Alpine’s commitment to me.
“Also putting together this testing programme… it’s quite substantial. I don’t think it’s a programme that we would have seen for a young driver for quite some time, which is fantastic as well.”
Toth returns to F3 with Charouz
Laszlo Toth will return for a second season in FIA Formula 3 with Charouz, having driven for Carlin last year. Charouz is yet to confirm who the 21-year-old’s team mates will be.
Toth failed to score in last year’s championship, managing a best finish of 16th in the second race at Zandvoort. Charouz’s top driver Logan Sargeant finished seventh in the championship.
“I’m perfectly aware that we have a very high potential,” said Toth, “so I hopefully will be able to get some points at the beginning of the season and will have the chance to add some more during the year.”
|Prema||Oliver Bearman||Arthur Leclerc||Jak Crawford|
|Trident||Jonny Edgar||Zane Maloney||TBA|
|ART||Gregoire Saucy||Juan Manuel Correa||TBA|
New finance head at Ferrari
Ferrari has appointed Luigi Centenari as its head of finance and F1 financial regulations. He has moved over from the GT racing division where he was in charge of sales, marking and manufacturing finance.
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Motor racing links of interest:
‘Snake oil’: doubts loom over tech firm Darktrace’s high-octane sales strategy (The Guardian)
"arktrace is a well-oiled sales and marketing machine, as slick and turbocharged as the multimillion-pound McLaren Formula One sponsorship deal it uses to entice prospective clients, and yet the cybersecurity company continues to be overshadowed by questions about its technology and founding investor."
A racing fraternity (Ferrari)
Charles Leclerc: "Sometimes, during a race weekend, when (Arthur's) following my F1 race on TV he spots things that maybe I’ve not noticed from inside the cockpit, and he lets me know, to try and help me. Which is always nice. So, the support goes both ways."
Effective Racing, a Czech new entry in the 2022 Euroformula Open (Euroformula Open)
"The 2022 season will see a new team joining the Euroformula Open grid: Effective Racing from the Czech Republic will be competing with his boss and driver, Vladimír Netušil, the reigning FIA F3 Central Europe champion. The squad will enter a Dallara 320 in 2022 specs, powered by a HWA engine."
Logan Hannah confirmed as GB4's first driver with Graham Brunton Racing (GB4)
"The 20-year-old graduated from karting into Formula Ford in 2018, and has regularly competed at the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy events. She was classified fourth overall in the Scottish Formula Ford Championship in 2019. "
Boschung: My greatest influences (Formula 2)
"When I was a kid, I respected everyone on the Formula 1 grid in general and enjoyed watching them all. I was watching documentaries and races from the past and one driver that I always thought was pretty cool is James Hunt. He wasn’t an influence for me, and he wouldn't make this list, but I do think he was pretty cool."
Maggie Beer, Dylan Alcott and Shane Fitzsimmons among those recognised in Australia Day Honours List (9 News)
"Tennis star and disability advocate Dylan Alcott was among those to receive honours, just hours after being named Australian of the Year. Other sports stars honoured included Patty Mills, Emma McKeon, Jessica Fox, Sam Kerr and Daniel Ricciardo."
Lebbon: 'The new car feels faster already' (GB3)
"In terms of changes from the old car, it’s great to have the halo and I can feel the power difference too, it definitely feels faster in a straight line."
Laurens van Hoepen makes his single-seater debut in FR Europe with ART (ART)
"ART Grand Prix is proud and happy to confirm a new partnership with Laurens Van Hoepen for his first ever season in single-seaters. The 16-year-old Dutchman has had a solid career in karting to date, including a third position in 2021 in the FIA European Championship KZ2 category."
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On this day in motorsport
- 35 years ago today the Ligier JS29 Alfa Romeo was revealed at Paul Ricard. However the team and engine supplier soon fell out over comments made by driver Rene Arnoux, and split before the season started